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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 15, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION TTTTTTl VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUU WIRES MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY FEBRUARY 151943 NO 110 REDS SMASH AT KHARKOV Blast Tears Doors Off State Brands LARGE AMOUNT OF AMMONIA IS LOST AT PLANT No One Hurt Firemen Wear Gas Masks While Extinguishing Flames The breaking ot an ammonia pipe caused an explosion and fire in the engine room of the Iowa State Brand Creameries Inc plant about oclock Monday morning Although the explosion was forceful enough to blow the huge front doors from the building practically shredding the doors no one working in the building was injured K Almost immediately following the explosion workers began running dill of every exit avail able Ammonia fumes soon filled the entire building and rolled out of doors and windows in white billowy clouds Firemen arriving at the scene extinguished the first flash of fire which accompanied the explo sion Later flames appeared again in the boiler room and were ex tinguished a second lime Entrance into the building was possible only with the aid of gas masks and a crew of firemen with a line of hose worked its way through the white ammonia fumes through the long building to the engine room Workers remained huddled in building of the plant immediately to the east while firemen played streams of water into the engine room Water is used to dissolve am monia as well as fight fire and great quantities of water poured into the freezing chambers of the building was the only means of checking both fire and fumes Estimated damage could not be determined immediately A huge quantity of ammonia was lost however since this is one of the largest refrigeration plants in the city Principal damage was the loss of the ammonia according to R O Sorvick manager of the plant There will be no loss of food stuffs he staled since the ammon ia gas would not affect it Da mage from the fire was not great but there was some loss such as windows from the explosion he added For more than two hours men fought the fumes of escap ing ammonia Three trucks were sent to the plant the Salvage anci Engine No 1 of the Central sta tion and Engine No 2 of the south station The off shift was callcc in to man the other equipment in ease ofanother fire The Iowa State brand creamer ies located at 1265 Ninteentl street southwest is a cooperat ive marketing association for a number of North Iowa and South ern Minnesota creameries Schramm Is Among Candidates for Head of SUI Journalism IOWA CITY Harry K Newburn acting director the school of journalism at th Stale University of fowa sail Monday there arc quite a mini her of candidates still being con sidered for the position heac of the journalism department Among the candidates New burn said is Wilbur L Schramm former instructor in creativi writing at the university and nov a member of the office of war in formation staff in Washington Selection of a new head of thi school probably will not be an noimced for several weeks New burn said There will be no an nouncement he added until afte the state board meets March 13 of education n 4 AMMONIA fought flames and ammonia fumes at the Iowa State Brand Creameries Inc after an explosion in the engine room Monday morning Firemen are shown here directing one of several lines of water poured into the building to dissolve the ammonia as well as fight fire Entrance to the building could not be made without gas masks Lock photo Kayenay engraving Cologne and Milan Blasted BOMBERS SENT 11 Craft Fail to Return From Raids LONDON air force squadrons bombing Germany and Italy in a doublebarrelled as sault attacked the Rhineland city of Cologne and the Italian arsen al city of Milan Sunday night it announced Monday The naval base of Spezia on Italys west coast 100 miles south of Milan also was attacked by British bombers It was Spezias second raid of the war The first was made the night of Feb 4 The air ministrys communique id Last night aircraft the bomber command were out in strength over Germany and Italy A peat weight of explosive and incendiary bombs w a s dropped on objectives in Col ogne After a heaxy attack on Mi lan large Jires were observed in industrial areas Bombs also were dropped on the naval base of Spezia Eleven of our aircraft are missing The communiques phrasing sug gested that the major forces were concentrated against Cologne and Milan The greatest RAF bomber force employed tor weeks was sent out to blast the two prime industrial targets of the axis The actual number of planes used was not disclosed but ex pert observers in the path of the bombers were impressed by the strength shown Both attacks were described as large scale operations and 11 British bombers failed to return District Air Raid Warning Chiefs Named DES MOINES Alex Miller head of the Iowa air raid warning system which now i operating on a statewide basis announced Monday appoinlmen of four district controllers to hcnc Standard reported in a Berne dis the air raid warning offices ii rial A Trtl r TJ 11 London Paper Says Hitler Relinquishing Supreme Command LONDON UFO The Evening patch Monday that Adolf Hitler was relinquishing supreme com mand oC the German armies and turning his post over to Fiejd Marshal Fritz von Mannstein There was no confirmation of the report here but observers said We would not be surprised if this happens or that it had al ready happened The mounting German disaster in Russia apparently had caused dissension of some sort in the nazi high command Military observers believed Hitler might be forced to give up the direction of strate gy on the eastern front They said indications were that the Ger man general staff had decided on a new defense line based on Riga Kiev and Odessa That line would be roughly 280 miles Kharkov west of heir areas The four all members of tin itate guard will go on fulltimi active duty in their new post Tuesday They will draw rcgula army pay for men of their rank The appointments Sgt William E Laupitz Masoi City Cpl Leo D Porter Ceda Rapids Sgt Dwight E Frost Ottumwa Sgt Harold J Foran Fort Dodge There now are 10 district fices in operation Capt Mille said Information as to the specifi location of any of the air rai warning center offices telephon numbers etc cannot be divulge because wartime military re slrictions Discover Frozen Body of Helmer Hexon 55 DECORAH if The frozen body of Helmer 55 was discovered Saturday morning in an alley here Relatives expressed the opinion Hexon had become seri ously ill Saturday and had suc cumbed while on the way home They said he had been illsevcral weeks Coroner Orie Iverson said no inquest will be held Hexons wife and foxir children survive AWARDED 2 1OWANS DES MOINES Silver Star for gallantry has been awarded to two Iowa privates Raymond W Collins of Marshall town and Walter C Corey of Du bvique a dispatch from general headquarters in the southwest Pacific said Saturday Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Writes Series of Articles j for Iowa Amateur Gardeners By IOWA DAILY PRESS DES MOINES A refreshing series of articles on how to Victory Garden especially tailored for will be dis tributed by the Iowa Daily Press association through the Mason City GlobeGazette and other papers beginning Feb 16 Because more persons than ever before are expected to raise gardens this summer and because most of them are amateurs this series has been prepared to fit their needs Author of the series is Dick Dearmont Shenandoah an ama teur gardener himself and a for mer newspaperman Dearmont is employed by a nursery company at Shenandoah which is the heart of the nursery center in the middlewest He formerly worked for the Evening Sentinel at Shen andoah Dearmont was inspired to write the articles because he felt there is a definite need for them and because he felt that professional gardening writers have abused their subject He makes no tones atout Ihe fact that he is somewhat worked up by the manner in which these professional writers and agriculturalists make the simple business of gardening seem difficult technical and even scientific In fact he continued if did not know better I would be afraid to have a garden unless I could afford a tool shed black smith shop and chemical labora tory With viability and soil an alysis and fertilizer and special equipment they arc positively frightening Yet it remains a fact that yov can hardly destroy the spark rl life Old Lady Nature puts in the seed and for nominal space a spading fork a rake and a hoc are all the tools anyone needs 4 FRENCH SHIPS JOIN ALLIES IN FIGHT ON NAZIS Battleship Richelieu One of Most Powerful in World Reaches N Y NEW YORK 25000 on French battleship Richelieu rippled but still far from impo enl slid into New York harbor ast Thursday after dodging a of submarines in mioVAtlan ie and riding out the toughest ale many of her crew had over The 7600ton French cruiser Montcalm a 6 inch guu vessel which like the Richelieu had been based at the West African port of Dakar made most of the Atlantic crossing with the battleship and berthed at Phil adelphia The two parted com pany two and a half days out Censorship permitted the dis closure Monday of their arrival The Richelieu had lain at an chor at Dakar for more than two years Naval officials permitted me to make the 3700mile trip from Africa with her just in case anything should happen United States destroyers es corted us all the way safeguard ing against an attempt by Ger many and Italy to sink such a prize while she wasable to move onlyraislmv7spe6bT The men aboard were excited and happyas Ihc statue of liberty Mrs John A Senneff Dies Wj AUPAn IK TVOT ROSTOV FALLS TOHEAVY DRIVE on Train of Heart Attack Was Enroute Home With Mr Senneff From Trip to New Orleans La Mrs John A Senneff 62 a Ma son City civic leader for more than 30 years died suddenly of a heart attack Saturday night on a train enroute home with Mr Senneff from a vacation trip to New Or leans Mrs Senneff was taken ill on the train Feb 5 between New Or leans and Memphis Tenn and at Memphis entered a hospital for a day stay Seemingly suffi ciently recovered she was permit ted to continue her trip home She rested Saturday in a Chicago hotel but boarded the train in the eve ning with Mr Senneff to complete the journey home Soon after leaving Chicago she suffered the heart attack and died soon afler Mr neff left the train with the body at Walworth IVis He ac companied by Allan F Beck also of Mason City wha was returning home on he same train Mrs Senneft was born at Britt Iowa May 29 1880 She spent her childhood in Britt and was named to John A Senneff there Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Considerable snow and colder with increasing wind Monday afternoon anci Monday night Continued cold Tuesday forenoon Lowest temperatures in Mason City Monday night S below IOWA Colder Monday night and Tuesday forenoon cold wave in extreme west portion lowest temperature by Tuesday fore noon zero to 5 below west and north and zero to five above southeast portion moderately strong winds Monday afternoon and Monday night MINNESOTA Colder Monday night and Tuesday forenoon Lowest temperatures Monday night 15 to 25 below north and central and about 10 below ex treme south portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 2 Minimum Sunday night 1 At 8 a m Monday 0 Snow 3 inches Precip 03 YEAR AGO Maximum 34 Minimum 17 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday t Minimum Saturday night 17 At 8 a m Sunday 17 YEAR AGO Maximum 31 Minimum 15 broke through a heavy fog at journeys end Ourcoming will show the American people that France still has a navy Capt Marcel Deramond told me It will show them too thatour sailors are anxious and eager to fight The Richelieu is one of the worlds most powerful battleships and the transfer to the United States conclusively ends the one time fear of Washington and Lon don that she might fall into axis hands Armor plating of the Richelieu is strong enough to withstand a direct hit by a 16 inch shell di rectly above one of her maga zines Her main batteries are eight 15 inch guns Measuring 815 feet from stem to stern she is equipped to carry four planes and has a normal complement ol 1460 men The battleship can at tain a top speed of 32 knots The Richelieu has been in New York bay since sometime last Thursday night in plain view oi thousands of ferry boat passen gers News of its arrival was with hcldat the request of the navy From the shore the big bat tleship appeared to be in fight ing trim Its name was painted on the stern in large letters readable from the decks of the Sfaten Island ferryboats that plied back and forth a few hun dred yards away The big ship carries a comple ment of 1670 men and in addi tion to its eight 15 inch guns mounts 15 six inchers and 36 anti aircraft guns of 37 mm and mm caliber It is designed MRS JOHN A SENNEFF community chest board and nu merous other organizations She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America the American Legion auxiliary the Iowa Council of Republicai Women Jan 31 1900 A Mason City resident since her husband came here to prac tice law in 1911 she showed an active interest in practically all womens civic affairs Lately she had been particularly active in the Womans club the North Iowa Concert league and espe cially the local chapter of the American Red Crpss if She was chairman of the de fense activity committee of the Womans club and of the Cerro Gordo county camp and hospital council of the Red Cross chapter here She had served as Cerro Gordo county chairman for the Iowa Federation of Womens clubs and was past president of the Tabernacle society of St Joseph church and of the Twentieth Con club as well as the Athenian study tury study member of club She was a member of the Ma son City civilian defense council and of the Mason City planning commission the executive coun cil of the Red Cross and the Mrs Senneff is survived by her husband and one Wright C Percival DCS Moines a daughterinlaw Mrs John Sen neff Jr Mason City and foui grandchildren Michael John Per cival and Suzanne Jack and Tom my Senneff She also is survived by two sisters and three brothers They are Mrs W L Bliss anc Miss Mary McGruder 138 Tcntl street northwest Dr F M Me Cruder Long Beach Ca John T McGruder Van Niiys Cal am William McGruder Houston Tes Funeral services will be at S Josephs Catholic church at oclock Wednesday morning wit Father Carl Kurt in charge Bu rial will be at Memorial Par cemetery The body was taken from thi Meyer funeral home to the Sen neff residence 9 Beaumont drive where it will lie in state until tin time of services The Rosary will be said at tin home at 8 oclock Monday am Tuesday evenings The Atheniai club will attend in a group at th Monday evening Rosary and th Tabernacle Society will say th Hosary at the home at 4 oclocl Tuesday afternoon Nazis Break Through Yanks Near Faid Pass BULLETIN WITH AMERICAN FORCES IN SOUTHERN TUNISIA blttl V15 arTred coiumnv resulting in a furious tank battle on the plateau between Faid pass and Sbcitla have ffravcly endaneered the American and French garrison at Gafsa The tank battle pitted American armored forces sonic of which were m their first major tank action of the war against an elil n of Marshal Rommetf desert cam suns Gtrm3n and lMSt Unks and uscd divebombers AFRICA rican positions wesTof forTlfo through endangering the U anchor at Gafsa farther south it g carry four aircraft with two cata pults The total weight of its armor is 15000 tons The warships are acting under i the orders of Gen Henri Giraud I the admiral said The ships will undergo repairs at various shipyards along the At lantic const the admiral added Two 3250 ton super7 destroy ers Lc Terrible and Le Fantasque also arrived in America from Da kar 2 Found Dead in Car With Motor Running INTERNATIONAL FALLS Minn tUP Carbon monoxide poisoning was blamed Monday for the deaths of Phyliss Hoppe and Orville Moe both 13 whose bodies were found in a parked automobile When the couple was discovered Sunday the motor of the automobile still was running Coroner Amos Hanscn said the deaths apparently were acciden tal was disclosed here Monday Overwhelming American ar tillery positions guarding the westward exit of Faid pass German tanks possibly 50 in number branched out to the northwest and southwest after the initial attack at 7 a m Sunday the spokesmen said Gafsa a rail town 60 miles southwest of the Faid Pass area was reported in danger of being cut off by a spearhead of a nazi division Sources here said it was assumed that Gafsa might soon be evacuated The allied headquarters com munique announced that the enemy launched attacks by tanks infantry and artillery supporter captured earlier from French forces and then held against American counterattacks The allied communiques said our fighters were active in sup Nazis Mav Not Be Able to Stem Retreat Until Reaching Dnieper River By HARRISON SALISBURY United Press Staff Correspondent Adolf Hitlers European citadel ocked under some of the most avage blows of the war Monday The red army was smashing at harkov and Slalino and racing ilong the Sea of Azov coast from alien Rostov toward Taganrog he royal air force plastered ologne and Milan with a large onnagc of bombs Indications mounted that the German withdrawal in Russia might not halt before it reaches the Dnieper river line The question was arising in the minds of military observers whether the nazis may even pull back farther across the vast Russian spaces in an effort to disengage from the red army and establish positions which ean be defended by minimum fortes to free crack units to face the coming allied threat from the west Reports from Stockholm sug gested that a threeway assault on Kharkov keyjGerman bastion of the Ukraine may already be under way The nazis arc report ed to be moving trainload after trainload ot troops westward from the apparently doomed city focal point of the whole supply and de fense system in south Russia for a year and u half The Russians apparently arc within a few miles of cutting off Kharkovs last communications to the west and there was u possi bility that a considerable Ger man garrison might be trapped by the closing pincers Reports that the Kharkov ffarrison is fleeing to Kiev may reflect German intentions to utilize the latter city as the fulcrum of a new defense line possibly running roughly from Riga along the Dvina the upper Dnieper through Smolensk and south to Kiev Racing west from Rostov and plunging southwest against Sta lino the red army rapidly was developing a new entrapment threat against the Germans fall ing back from the recaptured stronghold on the lower Don The remnants of the axis army trapped in the Caucasus ap peared to be falling back toward the Crimea across the Kerch strait But there were some signs that the Germans also may aban don the whole of the Crimea in view of the soviet flanking threats from the north Reports that Soviet Marshal Scmyon Timoshenko and a Rus sian military mission are going to Washington for military dis cussions were unconfirmed Taganrog Under Red Artillery Fire MOSCOW fell be fore red army infantry and Cossacks in a bloody struggle Sunday some of its buildings iblaxe and hundreds of corpses of its German defenders littering Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your 51obeGazctte carrier boy by divebombers area Faid Heavy fighting took place and is continuing it said The strength of the German attack suggested that Gen Jur von Arnlms forces had been reinforced by men from Marshal Rommels African corps III CU1 port of our troops throughout the day carrying out attacks on ene my vehicles and other ground Light bombers battered enemy tanks and transport columns and targets m the vicinity of ScneU and Maknassy south of the Paid battle area Fighter cover for one light bomber raid intercepted and drove off enemy fighter bomb ers the communique said They broke up their formation and forced them to jettison their bombs One enemy fighter was shot down and allied losses for the days entire operations were placed at two planes Faici is some 65 miles inland from the port of Sfax The Berlin radio broadcast a transocean dispatch which said the Germans had captured Sidi Bouzid 10 miles southwest of Faid Pass which the Germans IOWAN GETS SILVER STAR WASHINGTON J Stiver of Des Moines captain in the engineers was among 19 of ficers and men announced as re plummy me uermans wcr ceiving the afvard of the silver star ineralely trying to form a 1 for in action The war hold off the powerful red department said he was cited for his part in the action near Milne Bay New Guinea Aug 2629 Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamp from your GlobcGazctic carrier boy streets and alleys where they at tempted to hold under a mandate from Adolf Miller to his Rcn orals to defend the city o the last dispatches from the front said Monday The British radio said hat Taganrog 40 miles west of Rostov on the Sea of Azov already was under Russian artillery fire and that Ihc bulk of the Germans Iry to flee from the Donets basin had been trapped U did not bring out whether the soviet guns were those of batteries stationed at Yeisk 12 miles to the south across the Sea of Azov or from a spearhead that had lanced down through the Ukraine The soviet armies of the southern front also took Voro shiloverad a prime industrial city in Ihe miners Irich Donets basin and Krasny Sulin about 52 miles north of Rostov Monday the Germans were des line to army push driving west in the fury of snowstorm in an attempt lo slash in many directions at the retreat ing Germans in the Donets basin the Russians said Dispatches also reported that the assault on Kharkov Ukraine ;